Women are funny.  No, that’s not a misogynist comment, comedians who happen to be female are as funny, often more funny, than their male colleagues.  That statement may sound as misogynist as the first line, but the subject of women in comedy has been the subject of books, TV documentaries and University dissertations.  Comedy is […]

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Dancing on Ice is back on our screen (or ”Strictly with the risk of concussion” as it is more accurately known).  For nearly a decade it ran as the second most dangerous celeb reality show (The Jump being the daddy of shows that left celebs permanently damaged).  It ended when Torvill and Dean decided that […]

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Nothing quite says Christmas like a bonnet…or is that Easter?  Well the BBC seems to currently have the world supply of headwear and they have been showing it off all this week in their schedules.  The undoubted champion bonnet bonanza can be found in the adaption of the Louisa May Alcott’s American classic Little Women.  […]

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Kirstie Alsop has a lot of time on her hands. While most of us are running ourselves ragged trying to find the ultimate Christmas present so that our loved ones can experience “a real John Lewis Christmas”, Kirstie is making tat out of bits of rubbish and claiming that this is the real meaning of […]

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That Ricky Gervais has got a lot to answer for.  Since the advent of The Office, “cringe comedy” seems to be the order of the day on BBC TWO at 10:00 pm. This is the sort of comedy that you feel uncomfortable watching and sometimes just want it to end.  The latest entry into this […]

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For many, superheroes are merely an easy Halloween costume choice; for some of us, they are more like friends. (I’ve just realised how sad that sounds now that I have written it down.  I don’t mean as in an imaginary friend way, just that I like them…and would like to be them…well some of them.) Sky […]

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“Ready….steady…. change channels”. Hold on, that’s not right.  “Bake”. That’s it. This week saw the return of The Great British Bake Off (or just Bake Off to its close personal friends, people who are too lazy to utter 3 more words and people who are uncomfortable with the imperialistic idea that Britain is somehow the […]

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In preparation for The Great British Bake Off moving to the channel (more of which next week), Channel 4 have launched another rip off, sorry, homage series. First we had cakes, then sewing, then allotments, then pottery…now Lego. Lego Masters is trying to raise a childs toy the standard of a real “hobby” (although let’s […]

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Celebrity Big Brother is back on! Yeah, I know. I thought it had finished years ago as well but apparently not. This is the 20th series and obviously they are struggling with the celebrities. The Big Brother franchise (as everyone seems to refer to everything these days. There’s the Star Wars franchise, the Bond franchise, […]

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There is nothing new under the sun.  Not even in topical TV news shows.  I thought my Sky box was on the blink again as it had not picked up this week’s Mock the Week (but it had picked up Love Island.  I don’t know why as I’m not watching that…honest).  Mock the Week had […]

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The nation needed a new singing show on a Saturday night as much as it needed another general election, but alas we got one.  Pitch Battle is the latest incarnation of the talent show; but this time for choirs.  The concept is based largely (by that I mean completely) on the film Pitch Perfect.  The […]

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Last night was the finale of series 4 of Line Of Duty. It’s been a slow burn this one. Originally starting off as a Thursday night BBC2 show, it’s moved up the ranks to prime time BBC 1 on Sunday evenings. It follows the work of AC-12 (Anti Corruption unit 12. No idea what 1-11 […]

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This weekend saw the return of Doctor Who for its 10th (new) season and the last for Peter Capaldi.  I have always had a hot/cold relationship with the Doctor (the one on TV, not my GP.  I’ve always really liked her; but her hands can be a bit cold).  As a child Tom Baker was […]

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Across the country people are being good. This is not a mass breakout of philanthropy or moral restraint, merely that they have stopped eating Quality Street for breakfast as the Christmas excesses are a fading memory. We are now in the diet month. To help us along our TV schedules are awash with programmes designed […]

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If the first week in January was a dramafest, then last weekend was a shiny floor extravaganza. Three new light entertainment programs began on BBC One and ITV. BBC One’s latest talent show offering is Let It Shine. You may remember a few weeks ago we talked about vehicles for presenters, in particular Graham Norton? […]

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